Small Company, Big Plan

Thanks to Uncle Sam and the Internet, small businesses now offer retirement benefits

Janet Lasley has always been a pretty impressive boss. President of Lasley Construction, a home-renovation-and-restoration business she founded 14 years ago in Rocky Hill, N.J., she taught herself sign language to communicate with one of her first employees, who was hearing impaired. When she cracked her spine on the job 12 years ago, Lasley hired two extra workers and managed them from bed. After she recovered, she kept the replacements on and found enough new work to keep everybody busy. In 1995 Lasley took another big step--one that is rare in the world of small construction businesses--to secure the welfare of...

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